RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro police have swarmed two slums scanning for suspects in the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old Brazilian girl who said more than 30 men assaulted her in a case that shocked the nation set to host the Olympics.
More than 70 officers used helicopters, armored vehicles and dogs to enter the slums, but there was no word if any suspects had been captured in the operation.
In the five days since a video of the rape was posted by an alleged perpetrator on Twitter and set off a wave of outrage, police have brought in five persons for questioning, but have made no arrests.
Police said there are all the indications that the gang rape occurred on May 21, but they could not yet confirm how many took part.
Over the weekend, women and men marched in several cities to demand justice and decry sexism in Brazilian culture.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Rio on Friday night waving signs saying “Machismo kills” and “No means no”.
In Sao Paulo, protesters erected a mural with messages including “My body is not yours” and “I like to wear necklines, that’s not an invitation to rape me”.
A Supreme Court judge lashed out at a pervasive macho culture that permits such barbaric acts.
“Each and every woman is a victim,” Justice Carmen Lucia said in a written statement.
“Our bodies are tormented, our souls are trashed. That is what these criminals think and do, and they must quickly be held accountable.”
The reported rape came to light in a video of the nude, semi-conscious youth, with a few men brazenly insulting the girl, showing their faces, and one man heard saying, “more than 30 impregnated her!”
The Twitter account where the video was posted has since been suspended.
In an interview with Rio’s O Globo newspaper, the victim said she wanted to see justice done so no other person would have to go through a brutal assault she said she suffered.
Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded
BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.
The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.
Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.
Transportation has also been halted.
Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.
Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.
The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.
Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.Follow @gorkhapost